We won the argument, but the EU diehards will not accept it. These people now claim that Leave did not have a majority of ALL registered voters, even though that was never the criterion. In fact, by that criterion we would have been without a government for most of our history because a proportion never bother to vote (I have been one of those sometimes when I did not prefer any of the alternatives on offer), and the rest of the votes are split between a number of parties. Further, we would never have stayed in the EU in 1975 because the yes vote failed to reach 50 per cent of the electorate …. Yes, it’s all nonsense, but this is the sort of extreme argument that is being proffered to justify not leaving the EU.
I came across another weird argument while distributing some leaflets in a door to door campaign (my first ever). One Remainer claimed the vote was lost by only 1 vote so it was a random outcome and if the vote were held again and just one person changed their mind (the Remainer way, of course) then the result would be different. We should not therefore leave the EU! Words fail me.
Another argument has been that there was no mention of the Single Market or the Customs Union on the voting paper so there was no vote in favour of leaving them. Well, it is true there was no mention of these aspects of EU policies, but we were not voting on individual policies or individual institutions on a line by line basis. We were voting to leave the EU and everything it entailed. We expected, if we won, that there would be many areas of co-operation between ourselves and the EU states in our mutual interest, but that would be subject to a separate negotiation. The first thing to do was LEAVE.
Unfortunately, although we won, we had a Remain majority Government and a Remain majority opposition – a Parliament, in fact, that did not want to leave the EU or to implement the result of the Referendum. For nearly three years we have been deceived by the Conservative Government which has consistently lied about its intentions. For this, Theresa May must take full responsibility. Her “No Deal is better than a Bad Deal” has reversed 180 degrees into “A Bad Deal is better than No Deal”. It reminds me of the pigs in Animal Farm. When the animals took over the farm, the slogan was “Four legs good, two legs bad” but the pig leadership decided to emulate the humans they had displaced, and set themselves above the other animals on the farm, and eventually walked (not very well) on two legs. The slogan then morphed into “Four legs good, two legs better”. So yes, Mrs May, you are no better than those pigs who betrayed and exploited all the other animals on the farm.
It would be some compensation if we had a principled Opposition which could keep the Prime Minister honest. But we haven’t. The Corbyn approach appears to be to exploit every division in the Conservative Party in the hope of forcing a General Election, while himself denying the validity of the Referendum result. The Liberal Party has at least been consistent. It has consistently made it clear that it regards vassalage to Brussels as an honour, that it wants no liberty for this country, and that it would do everything possible to stop this country leaving the European Union. Full marks for consistency, nul points (French pronunciation please) for patriotism. Has this country ever in its history been so ill-served by its so-called leaders?
All these MPs and the parasites in the House of Lords should mark what the Prime Minister solemnly said about the historic Referendum, and then perhaps they might – just might, through their extremely thick skins – understand the depth of anger that exists in the country at their behaviour.